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The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses
The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses
The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses
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The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses

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This antiquarian volume contains a collection of some of Robert William Service's most influential and esteemed poetry, including 'The Shooting of Dan McGrew' and 'The Cremation of Sam McGee'. This wonderful collection constitutes a must-have for fans and collectors of Service's work, and would make for a worthy addition to anyone's bookshelf. The chapters of this book included: 'The Land God Forgot', 'The Spell of the Yukon', 'The Three Voices', 'The Law of the Yukon', 'The parson's Son', 'The Call of the Wild', 'The Lone Trail', 'The Pines', 'The Lure of Little Voices', 'The Song of the Wage-Slave', 'Grin', etcetera. Robert William Service (1874 – 1958) was a famous British-Canadian poet and writer, frequently referred to as "the Bard of the Yukon". This book is being republished now in an affordable, modern edition - complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.
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ИздательRead Books Ltd.
Дата выпуска31 мая 2013 г.
ISBN9781473389113
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Robert W. Service

Robert W. Service (1874-1958) was born in Preston, Lancashire, England, and came to Canada in 1895, eventually ending up in Yukon Territory in 1904, five years after the Klondike Gold Rush. His many books include the poetry collection The Songs of a Sourdough, the novel The Trail of '98, and the autobiography Ploughman of the Moon. Service later moved to France, where he died.

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  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
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    I find reviewing poetry really difficult, so I don't have anything particularly brilliant to say. I loved this book a lot. It's authentic Canadian pioneer days, gold rush stuff, and it's got the meter of Scottish drinking songs. I read quite a lot of it out loud -- couldn't help it, it begs to be sung if at all possible.

    Parts are paeans to how awesome men (sic) who are strong and adventurous enough to survive life in the Yukon are and how they don't want any weaklings or cripples. Other parts are about how the Yukon will kill you, no matter how awesome you think you are. Other parts are about kissing your sweetheart goodbye and going off into the mountains for the rest of your life and all the grief you feel over causing them pain, but you're just that kind of misfit guy.

    All the women are harlots or mothers...except there are like two mentions of actual wives, who are left. And there are several mentions of the ideal life with a wife and home. And there are several depictions of the Yukon itself as feminine, almost like an earth goddess -- wife and mother and lover all together.

    The other thing I noticed was the poem about living in a city of Men, except they all had a Siwash girl, who was (according to the white male speaker) wracked with guilt over betraying her people by whoring herself out in such a way. Makes me very, very curious about that bit of women's history and how long ago it was taking place, what with the Yukon gold rush being way more recent than the Spanish colonial gold rush of the 16th-18th centuries.

    Anyway, good poems, great window on history and culture, possibly great drinking songs for western Canadians. It probably helps to have been there, which I have, so I have no trouble imagining the scenery he's describing. It's truly awe-inspiring, and I love that he goes to the sublime, God-loving place with it so often. The land is stunning and deadly, and I can only imagine it before roads and dynamite, wandering with only a sled team and a campfire.

    It reminds me of my History of the American West course. I wish there'd been more Canada in it.
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    4/5
    My fourth grade teacher introduced me to Robert Service by reading The Cremation of Sam McGee to the class. I have been a fan of his ever since and have read most of his poetry. This book does not disappoint. It consists of 34 poems, including the Cremation of Sam McGee.